My First Craft Fair Stall

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

If you follow me on my social media you would know that last week I attended my first craft fair as a seller! I am pretty proud of myself that I managed to pull of making all of my products and got all the necessary equipment to display my products in only 3 days. Yup, it was crazy but I did it and thought I would share some tips I learnt from my experience. 

Tip #1 The vibe
It might be a good idea to check out the vibe of the craft fair before you put your application through to be a seller. Sadly, what I thought would be a good crowd at, it was totally not the case.  So make sure the fair you are selling at has the target audience you are aiming to sell to but also the craft fair has been making good marketing to gather a larger crowd.

Tip #2 Don’t Rush and Do Some Research
Like the first tip, I would do some research of the fair before applying and don’t rush your decision, there are plenty of craft fairs all around. For me I saw the ad for the fair 5 days before the event and dived right into booking a stall as I got too excited. Looking back now I wished I took a little more time to consider selling at this particular fair. Most of the people who came only came for the kids show and not the fair itself so the crowd was just not the right target.

Tip #3  It’s always best to ask than assume
For this craft fair I had to provide my own table for my stall which I did thanks to my local B&Q. I bought a foldable one so it would be easy for me to transport and fits well in the car. Originally I thought everyone had to bring their own table but that was not the case when I arrived at the fair. Some where already out as the venue provided them for you, however I later learned there was a hidden fee. The lady next to my stall told me after the venue organiser took her fee for the stall that the table were for hire at £10 for the day, on top of the £30 trading fee. She told me that when she applied it stated that there was a £10 deposit for a table. With that, she thought that meant a £10 deposit for the stall and that she will pay the rest (£20) on the day. She was mislead as the deposit for the table, was literally just for a table.
 So the moral of this story is make sure you know all your fees for the day so you don’t get any nasty surprises!

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful if you’re thinking of selling at a craft fair for the first time, and if you’re a regular craft seller I would love to hear your tips! Even though I didn’t mange to get much sells, I got protection clients instead. It is all about exposing yourself and your brand to the public and showing them what you have to offer. I am constantly learning and I’m glad I pushed myself and tried at least.
Onwards and upwards I say!

p.s I have launched my new bespoke party range on my website, would love for you to take a look and maybe some feedback? :)

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  1. This is a great way to showcase your products, it's a shame it wasn't the right audience for you! Like you said it's good to expose your brand to the public :)

    1. I know it was a shame but you learn from experience :) hope you are well Hanh! x